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  • Summary: In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personalIn Star Wars: The Old Republic, players explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players can choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players befriend courageous companions who fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat. [LucasArts] Expand
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  • Developer: LucasArts, BioWare
  • Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Sci-Fi
  • # of players: Massively Multiplayer
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  1. Positive: 68 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    100
    They have succeeded far beyond my admittedly high expectations. As a KOTOR fan, I finally have my long-awaited sequel(s). As an MMO fan, I am hooked. As a Star Wars fan, I am enthralled.
  2. Jan 23, 2012
    91
    But if any MMO game were to ever stand a chance of luring me back into the monthly-pay-to-play model, SWTOR is certainly it. With its movie-like presentation, engaging stories, and seemingly endless quest potential, this is one RPG that gets harder to put down the longer you keep playing. And I haven't even fully tapped into the advanced material like Guilds and serious PVP play. Combine all of this great content with one of the most stable and trouble-free launches in MMO history and you have your new role-model to which all other MMO games should aspire. Welcome to the future of online role-playing.
  3. Jan 9, 2012
    90
    In closing, I'll say that Star Wars: The Old Republic is a game I never knew I wanted. Years ago, I was upset to discover that there were no plans to continue Revan's story after Knights of the Old Republic II and instead continue exploring the Old Republic universe through an MMO. After experiencing burnout with World of Warcraft, I had resigned myself to no longer play these types of games. However, I couldn't be happier with what BioWare has done with The Old Republic and the experience continues to be enjoyable. The bottom line is, after 42 hours, I'm still having a blast.
  4. Jan 2, 2012
    86
    Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fresh breeze the MMORPG genre so urgently needed.
  5. Feb 25, 2012
    82
    When it all works, it sings. It IS Star Wars and you are living in it. But when it doesn't, it frustrates, perhaps because the best moments are so good that you wonder why it all can't be that good.
  6. Jan 9, 2012
    80
    BioWare has largely delivered and will have answered many of its critics, but there is not much in the way of innovation here. The Force alignment structure may be systemically unsalvageable, and with little end-game content currently available for those characters who have reached level 50, one wonders whether BioWare will be able to hold on to the more serious gamers and guilds who yearn for a variety of large-scale challenges.
  7. Jan 16, 2012
    70
    A MMORPG that doesn't differentiate itself very much from other popular MMORPG titles (like World of Warcraft), but with a greater focus on story, companions and of course the Star Wars setting, The Old Republic is still a solid game.

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  1. Jan 21, 2017
    10
    Great game, the new expansions are great and it is a good MMO game, operations and flashpoints are team based but also playable with a soloGreat game, the new expansions are great and it is a good MMO game, operations and flashpoints are team based but also playable with a solo story. The main story of the game is fun to play, I recommend the Jedi Knight, Warrior and Inquisitor. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2011
    10
    Simply one of the best MMO's I have ever played now some people have said the game is very much similar to WoW and that they were expectingSimply one of the best MMO's I have ever played now some people have said the game is very much similar to WoW and that they were expecting something different. If this is the case for you then you probably didn't keep up with the games development. The choice to make the game operate simiar to that of WoW was for the tried and tested formula of Tank-Heals-DPS which everyone in the MMO world is accustomed to. The character creation doesn't leave much to be desired though some people are upset that X race isn't playable yet but the game just came out I'm sure Bioware is waiting to release many different races and classes. As for what they have given us now it is enough to tide us over until they start adding more content to the game. PVP is fairly similar to WoW in which you have to time your CD's and use your abilities accordingly to achieve victory. The game isn't aiming for realism as some people here have griped about or that it is not new and fresh but it is what the masses wanted. Bioware is trying to reach a wider audience then say GW2 being its graphical demand is far lower and its game mechanics aren't all that different then WoW's. This allows for easy transitioning and makes the game readily available to everyone because honestly not everyone can afford a 1500+ dollar computer just to play video games. As for the small bugs here and there strewn through out the game none of it is game breaking and I would like you to find a game that launched with absolutely no problems, it simply isn't possible every game is going to have a few hiccups upon release and these are things that are usually rectified within a month. To many people expected this game to be something that it clearly wasn't going to be. the game is to appeal to people who enjoyed the mechanics within WoW and then add onto it with great story immersion and development of your character while all at the same time being able to share the experience with your friends. Some peopleare upset they cant play as non-humanoid characters but think about it logically and you'll see that it simply wouldn't be possible from a design point of view. Having to make individual motions and armor for one species which in if it were in combat wouldn't make any sense. Like a flying tentacle monster slapping you and using a blaster...what type of armor would it wear? How many pieces of armor does it have? It has to be the same amount as every other species or they wont be bale to balance the game. So in reality adding non-humanoid species to the game isn't possible. The game is still early on and many things are in fact being planned to be released such as "Match to Chest Piece" option which allowed you to match all your armor to the color of your chest piece. Now onto the issues of instancing some people say it makes the game devoid of life I say it makes game immersion all that much deeper. If you were doing a epic quest for your characters story line do you really want a bunch of people running around you shooting and killing everything 24/7? No you don't you want to be sucked into the game and feel like your there with your small party of friend or just with your companion. The whole game is planned around player immersion allowing you the player to form a bond with your character so that you will care about the choices you make through the game and in the end get so much more out of it. Honestly the added voice acting and deep story make questing far more enjoyable then any other MMORPG's quest grind because it draws you in as you seek to learn and discover more about your characters story. I fidn this to be a fantastic MMORPG that may not be as innovative as say Eve online or GW2 but it has certainly set the bar for story telling, lore and character development. Simply put if you enjoyed KOTOR 1-2, Mass Effect 1-2, Dragon Age 1-2 and have friends that also enjoyed those games I would recommend this game for you. Those of you looking for some new crazy blow your mind game which is going to revolutionize MMORPG's will be disappointed but that's on you. If your going to critique a game then do it on fact also not on assumptions as so many people have done here before. Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    This game is amazing! The best MMO out there, period. If you love star wars you will love this game. I've had so much fun with the story,This game is amazing! The best MMO out there, period. If you love star wars you will love this game. I've had so much fun with the story, companions, pvp, personal ship, spacebattles and so on...

    There is not much negative about this game.. I can't wait for future updates and expansion :)

    May the force be with you!
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  4. Mar 16, 2012
    7
    Very typical MMO in that it plays very similarly to wow.

    I like the specialization of classes, except that you cannot undo that decision, so
    Very typical MMO in that it plays very similarly to wow.

    I like the specialization of classes, except that you cannot undo that decision, so if you go with one sub class you have to re-roll and level the same character to swap to the other sub class. This is a design oversight in my eye. II found that overall the story was very generic, and the Empire side was to evil for evils sake and the republic felt very vanilla, in a goody two shoes way. Technically, the game looks good and has a good level of polish, but I did run into stability issues and some setting and the game has lowish frame rates on a high-end system. I also noticed that you don't really have to interact with other players and found that as with most MMOs the other players usually make the experience worse so this was a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. One interesting mechanic I loved was the space combat, It was a good idea that needs refinement. I would like to see it evolve into a full "flight sim" implementation as opposed to the current scripted track implementation. Overall if you are tired of fantasy MMOs and want something with a different flavor give this a shot, just be prepared because to me it felt like wow with lightsabers.
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  5. Mar 17, 2012
    5
    Mass Effect meets MMO meets Star Wars. And while this sounds like it almost HAS to be a 10, it's not. Not by a long shot.

    The MMO part is
    Mass Effect meets MMO meets Star Wars. And while this sounds like it almost HAS to be a 10, it's not. Not by a long shot.

    The MMO part is old. There is simply nothing new, everything has been here before in MMO land. It's the same point-and-click interface that we've known since the days of Everquest and that was already stale in WoW. The only "new" part is that the boring stuff (like selling craploot) is dumped on your sidekick. Yes, every class is a pet class and everyone got a sidekick. Which sounds great, hey, while I go and play the game, I send the drone to do some boring menial work. Nu-uh. Imagine Warlock without blue blob. That's how efficient you are without your sidekick. So, in a nutshell, what it means is that everyone is a pet class. And the whole "genuinely new concept" ends right there.

    Then, the Mass Effect part. A metric ton of dialogues, a storyline with a detail level that is unparalleled in the MMO world... which is nice until you do some group quest for the n-th time and still have some guy in your group that doesn't skip the cutscenes that you can by that time recite verbatim because you have heard them n-1 times. And who doesn't know that choosing the "wrong" answer leads to even more and even longer dialogues.

    Then there's that idea, just like in Mass Effect, that you may forge your character's path with his answers to dialogues, join the "light" or "dark" side, make friends or enemies... which is really exciting until level 10 when you get your first sidekick and notice that your answers affect your sidekick's opinion about you. And his opinion in turn affects his efficiency. And the difficulty of the game is geared to having a more or less "loyal" sidekick. So can the idea to "choose your own path", you better choose the path your sidekicks want you to. The idea that you can choose your character's "light or dark" path falls flat on the face here.

    Oh, to be fair, you can "buy" their love with gifts. If you can afford them. I foresee a nice source of income for goldsellers in the days to come.

    So what's left when you strip the new game smell is a standard MMO without too much that makes it stick out from the crowd, neither negatively or positively. It's a solid MMO, mostly balanced (for PvE at least), with mostly working quests and a lack of serious endgame content, just as you would expect from an MMO that's fresh on the market. If you like Star Wars or if you liked the story elements of Mass Effect and like MMOs, you should give it a spin, if you're just looking for a new and fresh MMO with new elements that aren't staler than a week old loaf of bread, look elsewhere.
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  6. Jan 4, 2012
    3
    At lvl. 40, 20 levels past the time i turned off all movies and becan extremley board of this wanna be mmo , rpg. It actually fails at both,At lvl. 40, 20 levels past the time i turned off all movies and becan extremley board of this wanna be mmo , rpg. It actually fails at both, the combat is verry lame, just point and smash hot keys, no pesky tatics to worry about. It was suppose to be a great story, really? give me a freaking break..blue sun and justicar? hope you trekkies didnt play the vastly supperior game mass effect. Me and me2 were great DAO is also stellar, but DA2 was god-awful and now with swtor is another failure , bioware has ben loosing alot of points latley, thankfully i have Skyrim to play untill a real mmo comes out ..GW2. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2018
    0
    Tried installing the game and it stuck on "installing", guess i'll just play a game that works.

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